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Chaney: Affordable Health Care Act for business not bad at all

The phase-in of the highly controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues in 2015 as businesses make plans to comply with the provisions of the act — or pay the consequences. “It is important for businesses to prepare for this upcoming change,” said Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney.  “I would suggest seeking assistance […] [...]

Indictment: Prison boss Chris Epps took bribes for contracts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Rankin County businessman connected to several private prison companies. Epps is accused of receiving more than $700,000 from 2008 to 2014. The 49-count federal indictment, unsealed Thursday in U.S. […] [...]

Neel-Schaffer joins forces with Alabama-based engineering firm

by Published: November 4,2014


JACKSON — Neel-Schaffer, Inc., is joining forces with Almon Associates of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to form a larger, more versatile engineering and planning firm to better serve clients throughout Alabama. Almon Associates was founded in 1956 in Tuscaloosa. “I am so pleased to announce that Almon Associates has joined with Neel-Schaffer,” said Hibbett Neel, Neel-Schaffer’s President and CEO. […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: Beyond networking … all the way to new business

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, PR

  I’ve been attending networking clubs and networking meetings for the better part of 25 years. A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Business Networking International event with Chapter Lucky 62 in New York City as a guest. I wanted to give a short talk on networking strategies, but it seems as though the […] [...]

ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

  If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an […] [...]

Jackson airport has copies of latest Sports Illustrated

by Published: October 16,2014


  Hudson News and Gifts has copies of the latest Sports Illustrated magazine featuring Mississippi State University on the cover available for sale to the public. Copies of this week’s magazine and the issue from last week featuring Ole Miss and Mississippi State are both available in the main Hudson News and Gifts store in […] [...]

MDOT names Kent Hailey of Macon as area an superintendent

by Published: September 8,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Newsmakers

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently named Kent Hailey of Macon as area superintendent. In his new role as area superintendent, Kent will provide managerial and supervisory support for all highway maintenance operations within Leake, Noxubee, Neshoba and Kemper counties. Kent graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor of science degree in general business. […] [...]

Trey Byars named to American Board of Trial Attorneys

by Published: September 8,2014

Tags: attorneys, Business, law, Mississippi

Wilton (Trey) V. Byars III of the law firm Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, P.A., has been named a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA). Byars was a recipient of the 2012 Mississippi Business Leadership in Law Award, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Superlawyers.  He is […] [...]

Clay Hudson named new OB/GYN at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle

by Published: September 8,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle welcomes new OB/GYN Clay Hudson, MD, to its medical staff. Hudson received his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Millsaps College. He is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. Hudson completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Mississippi […] [...]

Dr. Karen S. Coats named dean of the Graduate School at USM

by Published: September 8,2014


Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at the University of Southern Mississippi. Coats, a native of Springfield, Louisiana, comes to Southern Miss from Mississippi State University in Starkville where she has spent the past three […] [...]

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